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Suicides of Bollywood Celebrities

Suicide is a major public health concern. About 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are Indians, a nation with 17.5% of world population.  Suicide and suicidal behaviors usually occur in people with one or more of the following mental illness like bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, drug or alcohol dependence, schizophrenia or stressful life issues, such as serious financial or relationship problems. Our Bollywood celebrities are no different from common people and they succumb to mental illnesses, failed relationships and careers which push them to take their own lives.

On the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day, we list down some celebrities who took this extreme step to end their life.

Here are some of the Suicides of Bollywood Celebrities…

1. Parveen Babi: The iconic actress was found dead in her apartment in January 2005. The star who kept to herself in her later years was discovered after neighbours complained that she hadn’t come out to collect the newspaper and milk from her doorstep. Parveen, who was struggling with diabetes and had apparently starved herself to death. Her post-mortem showed no traces of food in her stomach.

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2. Guru Dutt: A deadly combination of sleeping pills with liquor was the reason for this great actor-director-producer’s death in October 1964. He shared a strained relationship with his wife Geeta Dutt.

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3. Silk Smitha: This south Indian sex symbol committed suicide by hanging by a rope from the ceiling fan of her bedroom. She had left a suicide note in which she had written that she was frustrated with repeated failures in her life and so she was taking the extreme step.

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4. Viveka Babajee: This beautiful model rose to fame with her Kamasutra ad. She also participated in music videos for Daler Mehndi’s Boom Boom and Harbhajan Mann’s Hai Meri Billo. She was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her apartment on 25 June 2010 at her Bandra residence in Mumbai. The police reports stated that Babajee committed suicide due to depression. The last entry in her diary, which was found next to her body, said, “you killed me, Gautam Vohra” and unconfirmed reports stated that she became depressed after separating from her boyfriend, Gautam Vohra.

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And there are some more shocking Suicides of Bollywood Celebrities…

5. Divya Bharti: Divya died at the peak of her career in 1993 at the tender age of 19. She was found dead after she fell from the window of her fifth floor apartment. Some say it was suicide because of a broken heart and some say she just fell. But the mystery still remains.

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6. Kuljeet Randhawa: Popular supermodel and TV actress Kuljeet Randhawa committed suicide by hanging herself to the ceiling fan. She had acted in TV series including Hip Hip Hurray, C.A.T.S., and a lead role in STAR One’s Special Squad. Her suicide note stated that she could not cope with the pressures of life and therefore was ending her life.

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7. Nafisa Joseph: This former Miss India and TV actress hanged herself in her apartment in July 2004. Her suicide came as a shock because she was just weeks away from her wedding. The former VJ discovered that her husband-to-be was still married when he claimed that he had been divorced for two years. This shocked her and led her to take such a drastic step.

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8. Varsha Bhosale : Daughter of singer Asha Bhosle, Vasha Bhosle who was a professional Hindi and Bhojpuri playback singer as well as a writer, shot herself to death in 2012. Apparently, she had a rough married life. The singer had prior to her fatal suicide, also attempted to kill herself in 2008.

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9. Manmohan Desai: Manmohan Desai produced and directed great movies like Amar Akbar Anthony and Dharam Veer. He fell to his death from his balcony in 1994.

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10. Kunal Singh: Best known for his role opposite Sonali Bendre in the movie Dil Hi Dil Mein, Kunal Singh committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan. Though he was doing well in Bhojpuri and south Indian movies, his strained relationship with his wife and the fact that he was not allowed to see his kids were rumoured to be the reasons for his suicide.

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11. Jiah Khan: This British American actress wowed the audience with her debut movie Nishabd. Jiah reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her Juhu residence in Mumbai in June 2013, when her mother and sister were not at home. A six-page suicide note was indicated that she had planned to end her life.

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Suicides of Bollywood Celebrities… truly tragic and sad!

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